What is Comprehensive Planning?

Comprehensive Planning is an inclusive process by which a community seeks to manage present conditions and provide for future needs. Though most often associated with guiding future land development, local government comprehensive planning efforts can also include such activities as planning for public and private infrastructure, public facilities and service needs, historic preservation, the environment, and economic development.

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1. What is Comprehensive Planning?
2. What is a Comprehensive Plan?
3. Why have a Comprehensive Plan?
4. What is the relationship between the Comprehensive Plan and Zoning?